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Calvary Pentecostal Church reopening former bar as a community space

In its previous incarnations, the building at 38 Queen Street in Marystown has been a medical clinic and most recently a West Side Charlies.

The Southern Gazette

The space is currently undergoing another remodeling and will soon invite the community through its doors once more – this time in a whole new light.

Lead Pastor Dr. Shane Simms said Calvary Pentecostal Church purchased the building late last year and has some big plans in the works.

As word of the endeavour has spread, he said he has been asked over and again about what is going on at the site. He clarified it’s not a second church, as some assume, noting they already have one of those in Creston North.

“We need a place where we can kind of manifest our presence in the town in a social way.”

The pastor offered The Southern Gazette a tour of the building last Tuesday.

He envisions a place youth can go on a Friday night rather than walk the streets, somewhere for young families, where seniors are also welcomed, and non-profit groups might host an event they are organizing, free of charge.

“I know, when I was a teenager in my community, if there was a building like this that had stuff to offer for a young person, it could have kept me off the street to some degree.

“Where the plan is so big, the way I’ve described to people is that we just want to turn this building around so it can be a blessing to the community.

“It’s not for us. It’s not a building for our church. We have bought into this building so we can turn it back around, to basically give it back to the community.”

“We need a place where we can kind of manifest our presence in the town in a social way.” – Pastor Shane Simms

Pastor Simms, who has been in Marystown for the past three years, relocating here from central Newfoundland, said the initiative is a new vision and unlike any other undertaking by a Pentecostal Church in this province.

“This is something that churches for the most part, our stripe anyway, aren’t doing.”

Pastor Simms explained the idea is an extension of work Calvary Pentecostal Church has been doing over the past few years to reach into the town.

“We’ve been out in the community in a lot of different ways. So this is just kind of a national expansion of what we’ve already been doing, only now it gives us a more permanent presence in the middle of the community, which is kind of where we want to be.”

In addition to the full-time youth and worship pastor already on staff, Calvary Pentecostal Church has also hired Jamie Warren as pastor of mission initiatives.

Scheduled to arrive in August from Port aux Basques, where he has spent the last six years, Pastor Warren will be heavily involved in the operation of the site.

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

Organizations: Calvary Pentecostal Church

Geographic location: Creston North, Marystown, Newfoundland Port aux Basques

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  • Pastor George H. Dawe
    March 19, 2014 - 09:30

    Great idea, Shane. It's good to see the "Extension Gifts" of Romans 12:3-8 in operation. George

  • kitty
    March 18, 2014 - 10:49

    the best idea ever its so nice to know someone is thinking of our youth which needed something like this a long time i'd like to see this building going strong for many years to com

  • Mary
    March 18, 2014 - 10:20

    I really wish them well with this but I'm afraid that the drunken idiots from the bar two doors down will ruin it all. Another fight by skeet women happened the week before. With the warmer weather coming around there are bound to be more incidents. I wouldn't let my child go there at night with drunk drivers that close to them. I'm sure it seemed like a good idea on paper but in reality, no.